Mock mayoral campaign stepped up this weekend
Looking for a billionaire to support for mayor other than Michael Bloomberg?
Two New York artists will be pushing their satirical campaign for Monty Burns — the fictional power plant owner on “The Simpsons” — Saturday in Union Square.
“We’re trying to poke fun at an election that is already a joke,” said Kenny Komer, one of the creators of the Burns-for-mayor campaign.
Komer said he and his partner, Boris Rasin, will be handing out buttons, posters and stickers from 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday.
In an interview on Thursday, Komer said the idea for the Burns campaign came about because they felt Bloomberg, who has spent tens of millions of his own money on his re-election bid, had skewed the field.
On the duo’s Web site, Burns calls for the construction of a nuclear power plant in Williamsburg and the selling of Staten Island to raise revenue. Posters touting the “campaign” have gone up in Union Square and Williamsburg. Next week, Komer said, they will be “plastered” around the city.
Neither the campaign of Bloomberg nor his Democratic rival Bill Thompson responded to requests for comment.
Real-life former mayoral candidate Tony Avella, a city councilman from Queens who lost to Thompson in the primary, said he found the Burns campaign “quite funny.”
“The fact that Bloomberg is overwhelming the system with money is causing this type of lampooning,” he said.